The Re Manfredi Aglianico del Vulture 2011
This Aglianico is surprisingly approachable in its youth. A pretty, fruit driven nose is followed by a full-bodied palate of dark berry fruit and minty herb leading up to a firm, tannic-filled finish.
The Re Manfredi Aglianico del Vulture is sourced from 128 acres of estate vineyards located on the lower elevations (1200 ft.) of an extinct volcano. Vines average 30 years and are planted at a dense ration of 3,000 vines per acre, and are raised using the guyot and cordon pruning methods. Grapes are manually harvested upon full ripeness beginning in mid-October. Fermentation takes place in neutral vats over a period of 15–20 days with daily pumping over of the must. Upon completion the young wines are racked and aged for 12 months in French barriques. The barrels range from one to five years old. 40,000 bottles produced.